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Manila Luzon Inspired Bretman Rock to Show Off His Filipino Pride

Manila Luzon Inspired Bretman Rock to Show Off His Filipino Pride

Manila Luzon Inspired Bretman Rock to Show Off His Filipino Pride

PRIDE chats with the social media superstar about his new MTV show and bringing queer, Pinoy representation to the reality TV realm!

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After taking over social media, beauty guru, content creator, and YouTube superstar Bretman Rock is bringing his fierce looks and larger than life personality to a brand new reality series, MTV's Following: Bretman Rock

PRIDE got the chance to interview the 22-year-old (who has amassed over 8 million subscribers on his popular YouTube channel) about the creation of the show, getting to bring queer, Filipino representation to an American reality series, and how a Filipino Drag Race legend — the one and only Manila Luzon — helped inspire him to do what he does now. 

"My culture, I think Filipinos are just always just a crazy people, and I feel like I wanted to share that with the world and I feel like I've always been sharing my culture with the world," Bretman told PRIDE. "Filipinos are not really represented that much in media. I didn't see any reality TV stars that looked like me until I started watching Drag Race and I saw Manila (Luzon). And back then, I think Manila was obviously in season three and I was sixth grade at the time, that's really when it clicked in my head that I literally could do it too."

MTV's Following: Bretman Rock starts streaming Monday, February 8 at 4pm ET on MTV's YouTube channel, with new episodes streaming weekly! 

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Raffy Ermac

Digital Director, Out.com

Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel

Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel